In Australia, interns hardly ever get money. College students and prospective workers take internships in order to skill themselves in the business they wish to work in and to get a foot in the door.
On the other hand, problems begins to came in whenever internship is not merely regarding training your abilities and it gets long hours of working with no allowances provided. However, a case currently before the Federal Circuit Court concerning two young reporters and sports broadcaster Crocmedia is about that. Crocmedia has had to backpay the interns and may face penalties due to “internship” involved working night shifts for seven days out of ten, for six months unpaid.
There will be testimonies regarding how companies have taken advantage of interns. The enthusiasm of a youthful willing personality to complete the works that compensated staff chooses not to do and the temptation of free work, is too wonderful. But studies show students who have undertaken an internship are more likely to get employed and, in the present state of youth unemployment and graduate under/unemployment, young people are eager to get a work at all.
What is a Marketing internship and what exactly is free labor?
An extreme movement against internship begins in the US, when a media firm Conde Nast was involved in a problem about their interns in which they need to deliver backpay that totals to huge amounts of money. It is likely to expand here as more and more firms hire interns.
Andrew Stewart from the University of Adelaide Law School, with colleague Professor Rosemary Owens, has worked with the Fair Work Ombudsman for many years to check out the process of giving internships in Australia. He says there is a key distinction concerning the type of student internship authorized by the Fair Work Ombudsman: is it a part of formal education?
There are firms which take on interns and provide ideal training – and there are firms which organise their work needs around a reliance upon not paid interns.
And Professor Stewart makes it clear that it’s those firms – where interns form part of the business model – that are at stake of being brought to court by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Internships that are part of a subject or training course are not the issue.
A HELPFUL Internship is Priceless
The most appealing and valuable internship programs I experienced being a journalist educator was when I had the opportunity to be part of a program run by the former editor of Punch, Tory Maguire. Tory Maguire requires interns requirements that are the same of what he requires to people who will make application for a real job and these involves resume and cover letter. Maguire was flooded with job applicants, though each of the senior journalism students knew the work would be unpaid.